Ttunu House

A lovely, large and very atmospheric Lamu mansion, peacefully situated in the heart of the historic Old Town

  • 2 double and 2 single bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms
  • Extensive Roof Terraces and Living & Lounging areas
  • Large and beautifully planted walled garden
  • Restored and furnished with taste and charm
  • Historic, characterful, highly recommended
  • Sleeps 6+, Standard Rental Rate 250 Euros per night

"Comfortable, light, airy and beautifully furnished, Ttunu House was a wonderful Lamu home away from home for our family" Mark, Nairobi

Ttunu is one of Lamu’s loveliest and most characterful houses – its English owner, an accomplished interior designer, has restored, decorated and furnished it with great taste and ‘shabby chic’ style. All the walls are finished in a very attractive honey-coloured niru plaster, with an antique ‘stippled’ effect throughout. Originally dating back to the early 1800s, Ttunu was completely renovated and extended five years ago, and guests always comment on its very special, peaceful atmosphere and wonderful ‘vibes’.

Ttunu’s spacious ground floor, which includes entrance hall, courtyard, kitchen, pantry, dining gallery and reception galleries, have particularly high ceilings and lovely turquoise-painted cross beams. They look out onto the large and private walled garden - planted with palm trees, red & white hibiscus and white frangipani – to name just a few of its flourishing plants and flowers. A raised pergola terrace smothered in pink and white bougainvillea, with expansive baraza seating is a nice, quiet and shady place to dine or to relax.

On the first floor is an airy dining terrace overlooking the garden, and a secluded courtyard living area open to the sky and lined with baraza bench seats – a perfect space for entertaining and stargazing. Adjoining the courtyard are a charming, intimate sitting room with relaxing baraza sofa area, and two single bedrooms with antique Swahili four poster beds. Each room has an en-suite bathroom.

On the second floor is the master bedroom – large and l-shaped with a spacious en-suite bathroom. It is quietly situated to the rear of the house, looking out over Ttunu’s and other neighbouring gardens. Running the entire length of the front of the house is a generous terrace – partly covered with a bougainvillea and jasmine-clad pergola, and partly makuti-thatched. Outside the second bedroom (again with ensuite bathroom) is a nice, private seating area with baraza seating.

The third floor makuti-thatched roof terrace is a lovely place to relax and enjoy panoramic views across rooftops and gardens to the Lamu Channel and Manda Island.

While Ttunu can sleep 6 people in comfort in two double and two single bedrooms, there are various other baraza beds and rooms that can arranged to provide further accommodation (most suitable for children or occasional guests). If there are more than six people in your party, please contact us for advice.

During your stay at Ttunu House you will be very well fed and looked after by Fred and Athman – and entertained by Percy - a very friendly and well behaved Jack Russell dog. Ttunu means precious gift in Kiswahili – an appropriate name for a real treasure of a house.

Standard Rate 250 Euros
Low Season (May & June) 150 Euros
Christmas & New Year 400 Euros

Rental rates are for the entire house per night - and this includes the services of the house staff. Ttunu House is rented on a self catering basis – the staff will shop and cook for you and will keep a record of all expenditure. Please contact us to enquire about availability, to make a booking or for any further information or advice.


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